See Luminosity

See Luminosity

See Luminosity

Luminosity: n.

 

  1. A measure of brightness, radiance.
  2. The quality of being enlightened or inspired.

 

There is something fundamental about light. Luminosity, brilliance, radiance – even the words usher forth a sense of wide-eyed awe in the face of something that captures, jolts, blinds. The right amount of light helps us see. Helps us find the way. When it is dark, we turn on a light. When we need warmth, we move toward the light. When someone finally understands something, we say that he “has seen the light”.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that God is light.

God Is Light

The association of God with light can be seen from the very beginning in scripture. God said, “Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3-4). In Exodus 13, God guided the Israelites with His presence as a pillar of fire – light  – to guide them. His voice is like light (Psalm 29:7), and His face is like light (Psalm 4:6). Even Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messiah’s arrival indicates that, with his birth, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2). 1 John 1:5 summarizes it clearly: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” If we want to see – to know where we’re going and what we should be doing, we’ve got to have the Light.

God is Truth

But God is not only light.  Also, from the beginning, God is described as truth.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).  Jesus is personified here as the Word. A few chapters later, John clarifies what the “Word” is – “Your word is truth” (John 17:17).  If Jesus is the Word, and Jesus’ word is truth, then Jesus is…yep, truth. In John 1:14 Jesus is described as “The Word [who] became flesh… full of grace and truth”, and the Holy Spirit is described as the “Spirit of truth”, who guides “into all the truth” (John 16:13). Jesus says it of Himself, too: “I am… the truth…” (John 14:6). In fact, Jesus even proclaims that his very purpose for coming to earth was because of truth –  “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (John 18:37).

And, interestingly, in the Lord, truth and light are connected in such a way that they both help us to see better. This is confirmed by Psalm 119:130: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” God’s truth gives light. Knowing God helps us know what is, and knowing what is helps us to better see where we should go. The bottom line: Truth is a Person. God is Truth. And no matter our circumstances, or our beliefs, we do not know what really is until we have the Truth in Jesus.

God is Life

So…God is Light. God is Truth. But there is something else. Jesus also said, ““I am the resurrection and the life “(John 11:25). Not only is God light and truth, but He is life as well. 1 John 5:12 is unequivocal: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Life to the full, meaningful, fulfilling life – it can only be found in Jesus. Anything apart from Him that we think is life is only a cheap, empty imitation.

And this connection between light and truth and life can be found all throughout scripture. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). John 3:21 shows that life and truth and light are connected: “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light…”. Psalm 36:9 shows that light and life are both found in God: “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” If you want to experience life, you must have the source of life.

See Luminosity

Light. Truth. Life. Somehow, I think the answers to the most basic questions of humanity are in this. In a world that frequently claims there is no objective truth, and that “life is what you make it”, it may be here that we need to recline; this connection that we must reclaim.

Light. Truth. Life. To have them, we must have God. Apart from God we cannot see clearly, because God is light. Apart from God we cannot “know” anything, because God is truth. Apart from God we cannot really be alive, because God is life.  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). When God claims to be light and truth and life, how is it we expect to see or experience any of those things apart from Him?

No wonder our world is so dark, and full of falsehood, and dead.

I want to see it. God’s light. His truth. So I can experience His life. It is what we have been called to do. In Matthew 5, Jesus tells believers that they are the light of the world, and are to let their light shine before others. 2 Corinthians 4:6 says it best: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

If we find God’s truth, we will see the light of His glory. And then we will experience true life. Life, the way it was meant to be lived. Life, as the Giver of Life planned for it to be. Life, full and beautiful and brilliant.

Luminous life.

We have a responsibility to find the light of God’s truth and glory, and to show it to others. So I have become a truth-finder. A light-seeker. In every area of life, in every moment, I want to see the Lord. To uncover his truth, whether in family life, faith, relationships, politics, or society in general. And I want to illuminate that truth, that glory, so that others can see it too.

I want to See Luminosity.

Join me on my journey, and maybe we will both find life, abundant life, as the Creator intended it.

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